Before you go on to the the material listed here, I want to thank every veteran who sees this for your service. You gave up part of your life to keep this country safe and our freedoms secure. There is no way to repay you for what you did. I hope the material in this section helps you write your own personal record of your service. Again, many thanks.
The picture to the right is from the National Archives online. "U.S. troops go over the side of a Coast Guard manned combat transport to enter the landing barges at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, as the invasion gets under way." November 1943.
This is a link to a much larger version of the picture at the National Archives online.
If you are not a veteran and are planning to interview a vet about their war experiences, make sure you have their full cooperation. Do not assume that they will jump at the chance to save their memories. Once veterans begin to tell their stories , they often are no longer sitting in your living room in 2015. They are on the battlefield, reliving a traumatic experience. They often had close friends who died. It's why vets often only talk to other vets about the war and not to their families. Anyone who has not gone through it, cannot understand what the vet is dealing with. Be aware of this. Above all, respect the veteran's wishes, whether they decide they are not up to it or the interview becomes too much for them.
This link allows you to take a look at the first fifteen pages of the book mentioned above. Although the site gives you ample opportunity to buy the book, don't forget that you can also get a copy from your local public library. If they don't own a copy, they should be able to borrow a copy for you from another library using Interlibrary Loan. The lending library can be located anywhere in the United States.
Make sure you scroll down to see these pages. The book text begins on page 3, which is the fifth sheet.
In the box above, you will see a book that will help explain benefits.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
War Memorial, Hall of Flags, Newton City Hall
These books are geared to a more general audience, but may have helpful suggestions for your own work.
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